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What Should Go in the Old Lakay Island Space?

If you were a developer, what would you put in this space on the Pedestrian Mall?

What would you like to see in the location previously occupied by ?

The building is situated in a unique spot on the Pedestrian Mall right behind the fountain near .

If you had the resources and the authority to decide what would go here, what would you choose?

Tell us in the comments.

SalemEats February 26, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I say downtown Salem needs a Supermarket. With a great butcher and local produce. Not necessarily in this exact location, but in Museum Place Mall with parking access to the garage. Something akin to Star Market at University Park in Cambridge. A large version of a combination of Savenor’s Market in Charles Street, Dave's Pasta in Somerville and the old Sage's Market on Mass Ave. Yes, it's wishful thinking, but we all can dream.
ACG February 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Tough location to sell. No visibility from the pedestrian mall. And once you do look in that direction that whole area around the fountain is very decrepit looking and quite often has that lovely urine smell. Not too mention there always seems to be contingent of "utes", drunks & homeless folks hanging around that area. The garage above looks like the outside of a fort or prison. Not very inviting. That whole pedestrian mall concept that was popular in urban renewal projects a few decades ago has proven to be a failure in most parts of the country. Time for an overhaul and redesign it with a mixed use, pedestrian, some vehicle access and parking. Maybe on certain days of the year it gets closed for pedestrian traffic only.
Francis Vigeant February 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I'd move SATV there, it's more parking friendly. It's also closer to the charter school so there could be cooperation between SATV and the school for tv production without going as far. If space allowed there could also be a small police precinct to enhance area safety. The existing SATV space is valuable retail space with visibility that would easily rent.
Shava Nerad February 26, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This would be a great location specifically for a foot-traffic magnet! It is at the heart of the pedestrian mall, near the museum and visitor center. Something that leverages this - a play center for kids where tourists could get respite to go see Nathaniel Hawthorne while their kids engaged in guides witchy-kitschy play activities for a couple hours? A Chuckie Cheese? Paint ball? Salem themed city-wide LARP base with simple bunk accommodations and a costume shop, and boffer classes on the fountain plaza? The pedestrian mall doesn't seem to be failing, to me, as a newcomer to Salem who sees Boston and many other cities. The economy in general is treading on eggshells - Salem seems to be doing relatively well.
john February 26, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Is there any reason to think PEM won't take it? Good place for public bathrooms.
Michael McNeil February 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
How about a Methadone Clinic...
Edward February 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Trader Joe's
Fran Wilson February 26, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Would love a Trader Joe's . Nice options for downtown residents and seniors who would enjoy walking to a small grocery store but wouldn't want to hurt "Steve's". A chain could probably absorb light seasonal traffic more then an independent store.
john February 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Any kind of store like that would never survive in that location. People would not park in the filthy garage to shop and then have to lug their stuff to their car. They closed in Swampscott with ample parking right outside their door.
Erin Cyr February 26, 2012 at 09:18 PM
We have a grea little grocery store in Salem called Milk and Honey, it's one block back. Check it out!
Jared Robinson February 26, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Yeah, a real butcher's would be great. Milk and Honey down the street has great local produce and the farmer's market is good for that too.
Jared Robinson February 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Too secluded for a Trader Joe's as much as I would like one.
Jared Robinson February 26, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I think a real, solid anchor restaurant would be key for the mall right now.
john February 26, 2012 at 09:23 PM
How long has it been there?
Carol Gorevitz February 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Hi I would like to see a Turkish, Middle Eastern , Greek or Morrocan Rest come to Salem!!!!
Ruth Montville February 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Let's hope that it gets cleaned up before all the suggestions for stores etc. I would like to see a group of volunteers do some planting and cleaning etc. The city certainly doesn't do anything. It really is a shame what is happening to "Down Town".
Diane Wolf February 27, 2012 at 03:06 AM
http://milkandhoneysalem.com/ They opened in the late summer of 2010.
Don Nadeau February 27, 2012 at 02:14 PM
the spot has a few disadvantages, some noted, so something not dependent on those qualities. I can't think offhand except offices. My first thought though for some reason was a bookstore, although I love the crowded one on the corner that has that lovely rickety leaning case practically in the doorway.
adrienne February 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
A Gay Nightclub!! Bring in the Arts & bring in the Gays & watch a neighborhood turn around!!
Smile February 28, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I'M NOT GAY, BUT I WILL AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY. I THINK THAT WOULD BE A WONDERFUL IDEA.
Bob Simoneau February 29, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I agree that a satilete ploice station would be a good idea. During Tourist Season (which seems to get longer every year) it would be a perfect place for "Community Policing." It is easily accessable, but not intrusive. It would be the perfect place to headquarter the foot, bike, and Segway patrols.
Mike February 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Medical marajiana dispensary. It would drive traffic and help the local eateries. Plus the PEM is a nice place to visit afterwards and chill out pain free.
chester suchecki April 18, 2012 at 02:41 PM
pave essex st fist and open to traffic. unless you have deep pockets not many buisneses last past their 1st year lease.

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